Did you know that vaping CBD is the quickest way to feel the effects? The only problem is that many people are clueless about how to start.
Let alone picking the right products…
People always ask, “will CBD get me high” or “how much CBD should I vape”? So in today’s article, you’ll discover everything you need to know about vaping CBD.
For the record, you cannot vape CBD oil. You’ll find out why this is the dumbest thing that you can do.
What Will I Find Out?
What is CBD & how does it work?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid that exists in the cannabis plant.
Cannabis has two primary cannabinoids, which are THC and CBD. There are also hundreds of other cannabinoids but they appear in smaller amountrs.
These cannabinoids interact with cannabinoid receptors, which are found throughout the body. This is also known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
The ECS is responsible for regulating things such as:
When we consume cannabis, our ECS is activated, giving us different effects depending on the cannabinoids present.
There are two species in cannabis, which are hemp and marijuana. Hemp is higher in CBD and has less than 0.3% THC, while marijuana has less CBD and mostly THC.
To get the benefits of CBD, you will need a vaping liquid that is derived from hemp.
The benefits of CBD
CBD is an amazing cannabinoid. It’s the real medicinal side of cannabis compared to THC.
Most people associate Cannabis with getting high, and this is due to the popular chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the cannabinoid in Marijuana that gets you high.
However, when you vape liquids or flower derived from hemp, there are only tiny amounts. A trace of THC is not enough to give you mind-altering effects. You’ll find out more about this a little later to fully understand why a small amount of THC is better than CBD alone.
CBD, in short, gives you all the physical benefits that THC has without the psychoactive effects.
Some of the benefits of CBD include:
- Alleviating anxiety-related problems
- Promotes deep sleep and recovery
- Treat chronic and general pain
- Aids symptoms of mental disorders
- Helps neurological disorders
The primary purpose of CBD is regulating homeostasis. So anything that’s out of whack in the body can be corrected by CBD because it makes everything balanced.
So, for example, if you’re stressed out, your body releases cortisol, but too much can be bad for you. CBD will balance out the body by reducing or balancing the amount of cortisol your body releases. So, as a result, you will remain calm in stressful situations.
Types of CBD products
As CBD is a cannabinoid and not a tangible product, it has to be extracted from hemp and then processed into a CBD product.
There are different types of CBD products such as:
- Vape liquids
- Oils and tinctures
- Edibles such as gummies or capsules
- Topicals such as creams or lotions
Today, I’m focusing on everything to do with vaping CBD because that’s what you came here for, right?
I’m vaping some CBD right now inside a coffee shop as I’m writing this article. I have terrible social anxiety, and I carry a vape pen wherever I go to keep myself calm.
Anyways let’s move onto why vaping CBD is one of the most powerful ways of experiencing the effects.
Why should you vape CBD?
Benefits of vaping CBD Liquid
Vaping CBD quickly delivers it into the bloodstream, allowing you to feel the effects within minutes.
This can be highly convenient for those, especially with anxiety or stress and even pain.
Take me, for example. I have social anxiety, which can interfere with daily function, including work. I don’t have 30 minutes to wait for the calming effects, so I carry a vape pen with me to relieve my symptoms quickly.
It’s also easy to use in public or the bathroom at work. I just quickly vape, and when I get on with work, I’m just relaxed and focused.
Here are the main pros and cons of vaping CBD.
CBD bioavailability refers to how much CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream. This is measured as a percentage. It’s important to know this because the more CBD that is absorbed, the more potent it is.
Vaping is by far the most effective method with the highest bioavailability because it goes straight to the lungs and is absorbed straight away.
The other methods, such as edibles, have to bypass the liver first, so this takes a lot longer to feel the effects.
34% – 56%
Felt within 10 mins, last 2-3 hours
Oils and tinctures
Sublingual (under the tongue then swallowed)
13% – 35%
Felt with 5-10 mins, last 4-6 hours
6% – 20%
Felt within 30 – 120 mins, last 4-6 hours
Put on skin
Very low (average 13.5% by rectal application)
Felt within 15-20 minutes, last up to 6 hours
Health risk of Vaping CBD Liquids
As CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA, this has allowed sellers to create CBD products that can contain harmful ingredients.
These ingredients can cause irritations, allergic reactions, and possibly death:
- Propylene glycol
- Vegetable glycerin
- Vitamin E Acetate
Propylene glycol & vegetable glycerin
These are the two main chemicals in CBD liquids that you should avoid altogether. Those who have sensitivities to these chemicals will notice sinus irritation, nausea, or headaches.
Those with severe allergies will experience:
- Develop swelling
- have difficulty breathing
A lot of people are already aware of their allergies, but this could happen to you if you’re unaware.
Vitamin E Acetate
There have been reports of significant lung damage and some deaths among vape users during Summer 2019. There is a strong correlation that Vitamin E Acetate caused these problems.
You can easily avoid this by making sure your vaping liquid doesn’t contain this ingredient. No matter how convincing a brand is with their products, just avoid it to be safe.
Remember, CBD is an unregulated market, so there are a lot of shady companies out there who are just looking to use cheap ingredients to make a profit.
How to vape CBD
To vape CBD you will need a few things:
- A vaping device
- Vaping liquid
- Dose calculator
Types of vaping pens
Pens are devices that you will use for vaping. There are different types, and each has its pros and cons.
Depending on the type of pen you use, the pen will either be used temporarily or over the long term.
Disposable pens are the easiest to use because you don’t need any vaping liquid. When you buy it, you can begin vaping straight away.
This is good for anyone who isn’t familiar with vaping and wants to try it out first. Vaping devices can be expensive upfront, and this would be a waste of money if you end up not liking it. If you just want to get your feet wet, try this before going for a rechargeable device.
It’s also highly convenient because it saves you time having to replace any cartridges or having to wait for it to be charged. Think of disposable pens like a standard battery instead of a rechargeable. Regular batteries are good because there is no waiting time, but it’s also more expensive in the long run.
If you already have vaping experience and you want to use it long term, the best option would be to get a rechargeable vape pen.
Once you have one, all you need to do is buy the vaping liquids and add it to the chamber. You can charge it at night like you would charge your phone, and then you can use it throughout the day.
There are a lot of devices out there, but all you need is a small and simple vaping pen. Don’t feel like you have to get a fancy one. It’s not worth it. You’ll find out why soon.
Are you familiar with Juul? They are one of the most popular vaping pods out there.
You can get pre-filled pods that you can swap for another, or you can get one that can be re-filled. It’s kind of similar to a rechargeable vaping pen, but it’s a lot more discreet.
Types of vaping liquids
If you are using a refillable vaping device, you will need to keep buying vaping liquids. For pre-filled devices, however, you won’t.
Notice how I said vaping liquids and not CBD oil or vaping oil. Never put CBD oil into a vaping device. CBD oil is far too thick, and it will clog up your device. Also, CBD tinctures have tiny amounts of alcohol in them, which can set your device on fire.
So please don’t do this.
CBD oil is CBD oil, which is only meant to be taken under the tongue. What you need is a liquid made for vaping.
CBD isolate vape
CBD isolate is pure CBD. It doesn’t contain any other cannabinoids at all. Don’t confuse CBD isolate with CBD powder. They are both different. Only CBD isolate liquid is what you can add to your vaping device.
Full-spectrum CBD vape
Full-spectrum means all the cannabinoids from the hemp plant are extracted. When all the cannabinoids are present, they work in synergy to give you optimal effects.
Full-spectrum vape with added terpenes
Terpenes create the smell and flavors of the cannabis plant. It also works in synergy with the cannabinoids, which enhances its effects.
CBD vaping dosages
There isn’t a universal dosage when consuming CBD. This will take trial and error. Vaping doses can be challenging to measure, so what you need to know is two things:
- Your starting measurement
- How much CBD is in your vape
Recommended dosages for CBD
Doses are based on your weight. Typically the more you weigh, the more CBD you’ll need.
How much CBD should I vape?
CBD already has a high bioavailability, so the table I showed you earlier is just a starting point. Follow the methods down below to find out how to achieve these dosages.
If you're using a disposable pen, then you should calculate each puff based on the total amount.
So for example, if the whole pen has 200mg and there are 100 puffs total, then each puff is 2mg. To reach a low dose of 12mg, you would need six puffs in total.
If you're using a refillable CBD pen, you can use this website to calculate how many drops you need to put in your pen.
The aim here is to find out the dosage for the day. So depending on the product, you bought you can find out how much you need to add to the pen.
6 common CBD vaping mistakes
Okay, so now that you know the different ways to vape CBD, here are the top mistakes people make when purchasing.
1. Choosing expensive tanks
The first mistake is selecting the wrong vaping device.
Lots of people get tempted to buy big and fancy vaping devices. However, this will be a nightmare when it comes to vaping CBD.
CBD is extremely runny, so if you have a big tank with a big coil, it can come out of the air holes and leak inside your pockets or on your vape.
Talk about a sticky situation.
2. Vaping CBD oil
People get confused with CBD oil and CBD liquids. A lot of people say they're vaping CBD oil, which is not the same as CBD liquid.
If you were to vape CBD oil, it is too thick, and it will destroy your device.
You should only be vaping CBD liquids that are made for vaping.
3. Hemp oil vs. CBD oil
Don’t confuse hemp oil with CBD oil. They are not the same thing. Many people make the mistake of buying hemp oil.
Hemp oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant, which has tiny amounts of CBD in it.
It’s also dirt cheap, which makes it appealing because it shows high levels of hemp oil. But you will not get the same effects as CBD oil.
To avoid making this mistake, make sure you read the label correctly and that it’s 3rd party lab tested.
4. Choosing the wrong concentration levels
A lot of people think that a bigger bottle means it has higher levels of CBD. This isn’t always the case.
For example, let’s say you have a 10ml bottle with 250mg of CBD. That’s 2.5% CBD inside the vaping liquid.
If you got a 100ml bottle with the same amount of CBD, then it would be 0.25%.
So don’t spend more just because it’s a bigger bottle. Only spend more if there’s more CBD in it.
5. Mixing nicotine with CBD liquids
A lot of people make the mistake of mixing nicotine liquids with CBD.
Nicotine degrades CBD and makes it less effective. You should just buy CBD liquid how it comes and not mix it with anything.
6. Choosing an inferior CBD product
Selecting the wrong product is the number one reason why people have bad experiences vaping CBD.
Even if you avoid everything else that I’ve just mentioned, if you buy a bad product, then it’s all pointless.
Remember that CBD is not FDA approved, so a lot of sellers are selling bad products with little to no CBD.
The number one thing you can do to ensure that you’re getting real CBD is to make sure that it’s 3rd party lab-tested.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much CBD should I add to vape juice?
Once you know your CBD requirements for the day, add this amount to your vaping device and vape throughout the day.
Does vaping CBD get you high?
CBD is non-psychoactive. Even in enormous doses, you will not get high. The only compound that gets you high is THC. Full-spectrum CBD products only have a trace of THC, usually less than 0.03%.
How much CBD should I vape?
Once you find out the starting dose based on your weight, you want to add this amount to your vaping device.
For example, if you need 20mg per day, you want to add 20mg worth of CBD liquid in your vaping device. If it's a disposable vape pen, you will need to calculate how much CBD is in the whole pen first before dosing.
Can I vape CBD oil?
CBD oil is not the same as CBD vaping liquid. Only put CBD oil under your tongue, and only use the vaping liquid for vaping.